There has already been a lot of speculation about China Mobile officially launching the new iPhones. The largest mobile carrier in the world, China Mobile, boasts more than 700 million subscribers but it has never officially offered the iPhone before. It is expected to carry both the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c, purported promotional posters hinting at this possibility have already been leaked. Today, alleged pictures of the iPhone 5s running on China Mobile’s network have surfaced online.
A few months back China Mobile said that it is keen on selling the iPhone, but it couldn’t do so yet as certain commercial and technical issues remained in the way. The carrier’s rivals have already been offering both new iPhones in China. This time around, Apple made the new iPhones available in China the day they were released in the U.S. and other select initial launch markets. It appears right now that it is no longer a matter of “if” the new iPhones will be launched on China Mobile, what matters now is “when” the new iPhones will be launched on this carrier. Apple has already received the required regulatory approval to put its smartphones on China Mobile’s network, whereas the carrier is expected to receive approval to light up its TD-LTE network for commercial use by mid-October, after which it is expected to formally and finally launch the iPhones. [Image via ctech]